School pupils road test new £10 million Hull History Centre

By Ben Miller | 21 January 2010
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A photo of two schoolboys looking at a map on a table

News: Schoolchildren have been testing a time-travelling adventure and getting a sneak look at one of the most exciting new heritage landmarks in the UK in a test run for the new £10 million Hull History Centre.

Pupils from Hull's Stepney Primary School took part in Documenting Our Past, an activity session exploring some of the highlights from more than 700 years of local history documented at the elegant new building in a joint effort by Hull City Council and the University of Hull.

A photo of school pupils examining a map on a table

Documenting Our Past makes activity stops at Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Victorian and wartime points of interest in the city.

"It was great to try out the space with the children and it confirmed what we'd always hoped," said Hull History Centre education officer Esther Farrow, who has invited schools in the Humberside city to help shape plans for classes in the building.

"The children were inspired by both the design of the Hull History Centre and the amazing historical material inside."

Uniting archives and study resources, the Centre was funded by a £7.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant – the largest ever given to a domestic archive project.

A photo of the outside of a heritage centre

Hull History Centre opens on Monday.

Stepney head teacher Paul Browning said he was "tremendously excited" about the new facility.

"We have a bespoke curriculum for our pupils which has many elements focused on Hull and its history," he added.

"The opportunity for the children to use and research actual documents will really help to develop their life skills."

Documenting our Past is now available for schools to book, alongside complementary project Behind the Scenes.

Further sessions planned later in the year include Air Raid Precautions Apprentices, The Siege of Hull and Medicine and Public Health.

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